At the start of the January transfer window – and for much of it – Liverpool looked unlikely to make any moves. With just a few days to go, however, they’ve made their biggest since Virgil van Dijk’s move in 2018. According to David Ornstein of The Athletic, the Reds are on course to sign Porto winger Luis Diaz before the window shuts for an expected fee of €60 million, including add-ons.
Diaz was also reportedly targeted by Tottenham Hotspur, but opted for Liverpool.
Liverpool on Course to Complete Signing of Luis Diaz
Could Be Difference-Maker
Liverpool very rarely make January signings unless they can make a real difference (see Luis Suarez and Van Dijk). And Diaz should make a similar impact to those that came before him, should the deal go through as expected.
The Porto man looks like the perfect player to eventually replace the declining Sadio Mane. This season, in 28 games, the Colombian has scored 16 goals, and assisted a further five. The numbers don’t lie. If the deal reaches completion, Liverpool will have themselves an incredible player.
Compared to Mane this season, the Porto man has been at a different level. And that’s not to say that Mane hasn’t performed to a good standard. The winger has scored 10 goals in 26 games, and has looked at lot closer to his best. The fact is, however, Diaz offers a direct improvement at Anfield. And, at 25, will spearhead the future at Anfield alongside the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and others.
With an entire half of the campaign left to play, too, Jurgen Klopp will be eager to see the difference Diaz can make, should he join. The Reds are still competing for every trophy, and adding the depth of talent that Diaz provides would only enhance their chances of walking away with silverware aplenty this season.
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